Long and colourful past of golf club

Tom Geach with grandson Andreas.

The Cooma Golf Club has been a long-time hub for local golfers, with many veteran members reflecting fondly on their time spent at the course. The Club was established in 1903 and has been a hidden gem for local and travelling golfers for its entire existence.

With some members spending upwards of sixty years playing at the Cooma Club, it has proved itself to be a well-looked after and challenging facility that continues to attract new and old players.

Terry Johnstone was a deeply involved club president who believes that the Cooma course was the best kept secret in golf during his playing days.

He reflects fondly on events such as the 2003 Centenary Cup, many Cooma Open tournaments and visits from aspiring junior professionals to compete over the years.

“It’s been a great little country golf course and produced some excellent players” said Terry on his time at the Club, where along with fellow volunteers such as Mick Boyce, Vic Carroll, Norm Marshall and Bill Keefe, the Club remained in very safe hands for many years.

Terry has since retired from playing but is full of praise for the Club and the good times spent on the course in his playing days.

Bob Ashcroft is a life member of the Club who played as a member for over 40 years in Cooma.

He fondly remembers past competitions where pro-ams would travel to country courses like Cooma and play in foursome’s tournaments with three local players.

These professional amateur players travelled from courses as high profile as Royal Sydney to compete in past tournaments hosted by the Cooma Golf Club, raising the competition standard and experience for all players.

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